The Fairly OddParents



Creative and fun, with occasional mature humor.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The show is intended to entertain rather than to educate, though Timmy sometimes picks up a few facts (like why kids need sleep, for instance) during the course of an episode.

Positive messages

Timmy's wishes gone awry often teach him a lesson about respecting others and himself.

Positive role models

While the characters aren't any worse role models than those in most other kids' cartoons (except perhaps for Timmy's cruel babysitter), they aren't overtly positive, either. The town depicted is retro and suburban, and there's not a lot of diversity.

Violence & scariness

Plenty of cartoon roughhousing and physical comedy. Characters get injured but recover instantly.

Sexy stuff

Some fleeting innuendo.


Occasional crude language, but nothing more serious than "butt ugly."

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's a lot of cartoon roughhousing and physical comedy -- characters get injured but recover instantly. There's also some fleeting innuendo and mature humor. Timmy often learns a thing or two from his misguided wishes, but the focus here is on cartoon zaniness more than education. Timmy's biggest enemy is his cruel babysitter Vicki -- the youngest viewers may need reassurance/reminding that their real-life babysitters are friendly.

What's the story?

Grade-school viewers love watching Timmy (voiced by Tara Strong) -- a normal little boy trying to grow up and figure out the world -- wish for crazy things that he imagines will make his life more bearable. Timmy's fairy godparents, Cosmo and Wanda (Daran Norris and Susanne Blakeslee), grant his wishes, but Timmy inevitably wants life back to normal again. Timmy usually thinks he's wishing for something useful or helpful, such as a world without sleep or a cool job for his dad. The results of his wishes help Timmy make discoveries such as why kids need sleep or why just being Timmy's dad is a cool enough job.

Is it any good?


Nickelodeon airs some of the most creative and expertly animated cartoons on television, and it has another winner with THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS. Much like SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents can be fast-paced, raucous, and contain mature humor. Violence played for laughs -- characters squashed, clobbered, blown up, etc. -- isn't unusual, though no one is ever hurt permanently.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Timmy's wishes. What does he learn from making them?

  • What would you wish for? How would your life change if these wishes came true?

TV details

Cast:Daran Norris, Susanne Blakeslee, Tara Strong
Genre:Kids' Animation
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written bycalabash April 9, 2008

This show has gone downhill in quality

"The Fairly Oddparents" was once a funny and charming show. Timmy Turner, the main character, was a good-hearted, put-upon kid who badly needed the intervention of fairy godparents. Those godparents, Wanda and Cosmo, were originally a loving and lovable couple - but alas, due to an appalling and incomprehensible decision by the show's producers, Cosmo has been recently been turned into a jerk, especially to his long-suffering wife, Wanda; he insults her, and treats her badly (in one cartoon he thinks she's been murdered, and his only reaction is to regret not taking out an insurance policy on her. When he learns she's alive, he reacts like this: "Well, there go my dating plans.") Wanda, who is the only voice of reason on the show, is labeled a "nag" and victimized on a regular basis. As if this weren't bad enough, both godparents - who are married, mind you - are frequently shown flirting with other people. All this is an apparent (I'm guessing here) attempt on the part of the show's producers to give their show more of an edge; what it's actually done is to rob it of all its worth. I would not let ANY child watch this show's more recent episodes. What a pity to see a once-enjoyable show for all ages take such a steep dive in quality.
Parent Written bysperryking July 9, 2011

Parents relax stop smuggling your kids

I think parents Are over reacting, yes it doesn't always have the best messages and a mean babysitter but at the end of every episode there always is a message that shows Timmy his selfish back-talking ways are wrong and teach him a lesson. it may not have as much moral values as a pbs kids program but its nothing that kids aren't already exposed to in school. i know many kids that are obsessed with wrestling shows which and whose parents buy them the action figures but i dont understand how we dont see any issues with that. Any words that are considered bad are mild words like "butt head" you'd be suprise what your 5 year olds say and learn in school.this show shows some moral values with the entertaining factor thats no worse than power rangers. please be open minded because your kids cant watch ni hao kai lan, or max and ruby forever they're getting older. while i do admit that it has gotten milder since poof came along well all the more reason for you le your kis watch it
What other families should know
Great messages
Parent of a 7, 7, 8, 11, and 14 year old Written byChrist-Lover May 15, 2011

It was nice while it lasted...

Honestly, it used to be funny. Now it's just potty humour, potty humour, potty humour, more potty humour, and stupid humour. I also always hated how dumb the parents are. In reality, parents would believe their children if their babysitter was evil. Also, the "Fairly Odd Baby" episode was kind of disturbing. I mean, Cosmo giving birth? Really? That's going to put some real weird messages in kids head. The old episodes used good messages and role models, the newer episodes on the other hand.... Well, you know.
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Too much violence
Great messages
Great role models


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